Murderer Known As 'Mr Stinky' Pleads Guilty To String Of Cold-Case Sex Attacks
The notorious double murderer dubbed “Mr Stinky”, Victorian man Raymond Edmunds, has formally pleaded guilty to a string of cold-case sex attacks committed across Melbourne’s suburbs in the 1970s and 80s.
The 10 charges relate to attacks on nine female victims, aged from just 14 years old to 51 at the time of the crimes.
In each case, Edmunds broke into homes during the night when the victims were home alone or home with small children. He gained entry by either smashing glass, cutting the fly screen wire and, in one case, drilling a hole in a door. He told one woman he’d been watching her for two weeks.
He was often armed with a knife, wore a stocking over his head, and in two cases the victims reported to police they noticed he wasn’t wearing any shoes.
Eight of the women were mothers while one was a grandmother babysitting her young grandchildren when Edmunds broke in and confronted her.
In one case a primary school-aged child heard her mother being raped inside the family home and said she tried to make herself as flat as possible under her bed covers so she wouldn’t be noticed.
In a victim impact statement read by the prosecutor, the mother said, “back in the 1970s I and the children were not offered any counselling or help, so you just have to get on with it.”
The victim wrote of how the cold case investigation brought all the trauma of the crime up again.
“So here I am at 73 still being emotionally affected,” she said.
Another woman was being strangled in her bedroom by Edmunds when her mother arrived home and disturbed him. In her victim impact statement, she said the crime changed her life forever, yet she considers herself one of the lucky ones.
“I didn’t die,” she said in her statement.
In the County Court on Wednesday the 75-year-old former security guard pleaded guilty to four counts of rape, three of indecent assault, two of assault and one of false imprisonment.
His lawyer described Edmunds' occupation as a ‘night watchman,” acting as security for an industrial area in the Melbourne suburb of Wheelers Hill. He committed crimes during his work hours. One woman told police he had a strong-smelling body odour.
Edmunds has been in custody since March 1985, when he was arrested for the murder of two teenagers.
He is serving life with no parole.
He came forward to police to confess to the unsolved crimes in 2017, not knowing he was being investigated by a cold-case squad at the time.
His lawyer, Peter Chadwick QC, told the judge that Edmunds initiated his confessions to the series of violent home invasions.
“His reason for doing it now- in his words- his description... it was for a sense of being peace, peace of mind,” Chadwick said.
When Judge Sue Pullen asked, “who to?” Chadwick replied, “both to himself and his victims.”
The judge noted the confessions aren’t going to change the prisoner’s circumstances stating, “He was always going to die in jail, he’s still going to die in jail.”
She also told Edmunds’ lawyer she couldn’t imagine much worse than the fear the victims’ would have experienced, in most cases being woken by an intruder.
“The fear that those women who had children must have felt, in relation to whether they’d be harmed,” Pullen stated.”
Can you really think of anything worse than this?
I’m having difficulty finding words frankly to describe how absolutely terrifying that must have been.
Edmunds told police an attack in 1984 was the last assault he ever carried out.
The murderer and serial rapist will be sentenced at a later date.